If you're coming this way on vacation this summer and wondering what to do in Vermont during the warmer months, we recommend that old summer staple: the outdoor festival. Vermont's warm summer days and beautiful scenery are perfect for festivals and fairs, and we can hardly think of a better way to spend an afternoon or weekend than enjoying the weather and people that gather for these celebrations. We've put together a list with some old favorites and some new finds for you to enjoy all summer long.
Vermont Fiddlehead Festival
From its name, you might think this is a gathering of bluegrass lovers and violinists, but you'd be wrong (but only partly). A fiddlehead is actually a plant - specifically the stem of the ostrich fern that grows in New England and the Canadian Maritimes. Some even call fiddleheads the state vegetable of Vermont due to their popularity and their delicious taste. And whether you've grown up with them your whole life or just heard about them for the first time right here, you'll enjoy all that is planned at the First Annual Fiddlehead Festival in Dover, Vermont. Merchandise, activities, and even a fiddlehead cookoff are on the roster, and so are some of Vermont's finest fiddlers (the musical kind) so you'll never be at a loss for what to do in Vermont at this fest.
Feeling a little left-of-center? Do you have an itch to go out and experience something completely new and different? Wanderlust might be for you. A multi-day festival at Stratton Mountain, Wanderlust features a combination of yoga, music, spectacular performances, lectures, healthy food and drink, and outdoor activity. It's the perfect combination of activities to enrich both body and soul, and a great place to try some more unusual varieties of yoga (SUP yoga or acro-yoga for adventurous-types). Come with an open mind, and leave with one that's totally satisfied.
Strolling of the Heifers
If you think food tastes better when its grown on a farm that you can see from your front door, the annual Strolling of the Heifers might be right up your alley. A celebration of local food and farming, the Strolling of the Heifers takes place every year on the streets of Brattleboro, Vermont. The events include a street festival, a bike race, and the famed parade of cattle and other farm animals for which the festival is named. Whether you're here to see the animals, pick up some local art or products, or simply enjoy the local foods, the Strolling of the Heifers is a weekend of family-friendly Vermont fun.
Vermont Blueberry Festival
Held each year in Wilmington, the VT Blueberry Festival is one of the state's most well-loved summer events. Since 2008, lovers of fruit have put this event on their annual list of what to do in Vermont, and never taken it off. Plenty of blueberry-themed activities and events fill the weekend, including a Blueberry Parade, a family-friendly block party, and the Deja Blue car show, which features "unique, classic, unusual and vintage cars and trucks." Come alone or with the whole family - but we suggest that you don't wear white!
Mount Snow Brewer's Festival
This year marks the 20th year that New England's best craft breweries and its biggest beer fans converge on Mount Snow. Food, drink, music, and camaraderie prevail at this weekend-long event. This year over 30 breweries from across the Northeast will be present, tapping almost 90 different kinds of beer. The Mount Snow Summer Brewer's Festival is one of the biggest and most popular events of its kind in the region, and you won't want to miss it.
Of course, just because you're going to a summer festival doesn't mean you can stay there. Give yourself some extra room to spread out and enjoy the fun by staying in a Vermont summer rental home from Chimney Hill. You'll get more space and more amenities than a regular hotel, plus access to the Chimney Hill clubhouse and pool!